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  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,771

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Oldest story in the world told in a new way

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-17

I haven't watched the TV show. I listened to this because a friend recommended it.
It was OK, just average. I knew one of the "mysteries" fairly soon into the book. It was glaringly obvious. The other two I did not and they did come as something of a surprise, but it didn't really matter. The book felt like it was written after the TV series, it felt like it was written for TV.
The narrator was excellent. I enjoyed her interpretation.

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,465
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,858
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,900

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

It was fine, I liked it

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-17

This book was a good listen. The narrator performed well and did not "intrude" into the story. The accents were well done and good distinction between the characters.
The writing was typical JK Rowling. I like her style. She is not pretentious and lets the story role out in an almost organic way. There are nuances too that I like. In this one there is only one character that I found absolutely hateful, the rest had flaws but you either liked them in spite of that or disliked them in spite of it.
Would I recommend this book? Yes I would. It would be a good "Summer reads" book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tales of Max Carrados

  • By: Ernest Bramah
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 692

Exclusive audio collection. Eleven Max Carrados stories - narrated by national treasure Stephen Fry. Max Carrados featured in a series of mystery stories that first appeared in 1914. Carrados featured alongside Sherlock Holmes in The Strand magazine, in which they both had top billing. The character often boasted how being blind meant his other senses were heightened. This exclusive audio collection features 11 Max Carrados stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Difficult Thing to Do Properly

  • By John on 11-30-16

What fun

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Sherlock Holmes with visual impairment. It was great fun and narrated so very well with good distinction between characters. I wish Stephen Fry would narrate more books. It is worth buying them just to listen to his mastery of the form.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Guest

  • By: Fiona McFarlane
  • Narrated by: Lisbeth Kennelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56

Ruth is widowed, her sons are grown, and she lives in an isolated beach house outside of town. Her routines are few and small. One day, a stranger arrives at her door, looking as if she has been blown in from the sea. This woman - Frida - claims to be a care worker sent by the government. Ruth lets her in. Now that Frida is in her house, is Ruth right to fear the tiger she hears on the prowl at night, far from its jungle habitat? How far can she trust this mysterious woman, Frida, who seems to carry with her own troubled past?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked this book

  • By Sharon on 05-10-17

I liked this book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Great narration and the book was worth listening to. An interesting idea that I felt could have been taken further. But still good.

  • Secrets of a Charmed Life

  • By: Susan Meissner
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,816

Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades...beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden--one that will test her convictions and her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the year

  • By Joyce BZ on 06-19-15

Oh give it a rest with wierd accents!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Honestly I thought when I started listening to this that this narrator must have done this as a charity job and she wasn't a professional. Not true. A good lesson though, if you have such an English book get an English narrator not a narrator that makes a character from the East End of London sound anything between a member of the Royal family to a Scottish Highlander or even a Jamaican, and that is one character! Dreadful.

Just read this book because it is nice. Historically stupid at times (refrigerators in homes of the East End during the 1940's were virtually unheard of, is just one example). It is a simple little book that does not stretch the grey matter too much.

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,386

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

Oh so American!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-17

This book is enjoyable enough in the same way that Independence Day (the first film) is. It has a lot of "we will overcome, because AMERICA" type moments, which grates a little. It did make me think though and that's what the writers wanted. Good on them. The narrator does a good job, good intonation and delivery.

  • The Hornet’s Sting

  • The Amazing Untold Story of World War II Spy Thomas Sneum
  • By: Mark Ryan
  • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with Sneum, Mark Ryan describes how Tommy made an incredible escape from Denmark in a battered old Hornet Moth aircraft - which he had to refuel in mid-air by climbing out on the wing. Later, he escaped from Denmark again - by walking across a treacherous frozen sea on which two of his companions died. Tommy brought over precious intelligence about the Nazi radar installations in Denmark and their atom bomb.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sobering, fascinating, top draw

  • By Shaun on 01-06-15

This does not stand up to today's standards

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Want misogyny and total lack of respect for women? Want a man that borders on psychopathy? This is the book for you. If this man had been born 20 years later he would have wound up in prison, no doubt. He is brave, that's true, but so are psychopaths because they cannot imagine their plans not working. I stopped listening after getting utterly fed up with this man discussing his sexual prowess in detail. I would have loved to hear whether the women felt as astounded with him as he obviously did. I doubt it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,011
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,484

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Fun and interesting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Well this is a book that is fun. AI is something we should be thinking about. This is a book that talks about it in a fun and interesting way. I enjoyed it, the narrator did a good job too. Not too forced and good intonation and distinction between characters.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,161

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Certainly not memorable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-17

I bought this based on reviews. It was not an exciting book. The story was just miserable and told in a rather ungainly manner. We all know that there are poor people and dysfunctional people. This adds nothing to understanding.

  • Montmorency

  • By: Eleanor Updale
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Fleeing across a roof on a dark night in Victorian London, a thief crashes through a glass skylight to almost certain death. But an ambitious young doctor revives and reconstructs his shattered body, proudly showing off his handiwork at the Scientific Society where the city's intelligentsia meet. It is there that the robber picks up the key to a new existence, and on his release from prison begins to lead a double life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's good fun

  • By Sharon on 12-18-16

It's good fun

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-16

I love Stephen Fry as a narrator. He did so well with Harry Potter and Oscar Wilde etc. I liked him in this too. But I don't know that this book suited him. Perhaps someone with a less "Cambridge accent" may have been more appropriate?

Nonetheless the story was really good fun and was very well put together. I enjoyed it.